Technical Features

July 2018
Moving from Electromechanical to Solid-State in Relays and Circuit Breakers
Courtsey Eaton Corporation

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Figure 1: Contact wear in an electromechanical relay

As a mature technology, electromechanical relays and circuit breakers are well established, however they continue to suffer from some inherent weaknesses. Moving to solid-state technology can address these but introduces its own challenges. So, what is the right solution? In the movies, whenever the
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Date:
10/31/2019
When audio applications require the highest power efficiency, lowest heat generation, smallest size, and lightest weight, Class-D switched-mode amplifiers surpass the linear class amplifiers.  This makes Class-D amplifiers the best choice for extending battery life in DC-powered audio applications, such
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Date:
07/31/2018
Silicon Carbide Devices for Automotive Power Electronics
Automotive OEMs and their suppliers have been on the high power, high growth vehicle electrification path for hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs)/electric vehicles (EVs) and beyond even to electrification of busses, trucks, trains and more electric aircraft (MEA). With high power demands beyond the
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Date:
07/31/2018
Transient Protection Solutions in Automobiles

Figure 1: MLV (left) vs. TVS diode (right) temperature derating

Thanks to modern technology, passenger vehicles are now safer, more enjoyable, and more efficient than ever. Today’s automobiles utilize incredible amounts of computing power to improve the overall driving experience in several different ways. For example, arrays of sensors and dedicated processing
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Date:
07/31/2018